Biography

Character Designer / Author / Creativity Speaker

Born in London, England and now residing in Los Angeles, Stephen Silver has been a character designer and teacher in the Animation Industry for over 20 years and is responsible for the visual character development and design of some of animations most iconic and cultural hits such as Disney’s, Kim Possible, Nickelodeon’s, Danny Phantom, Disney’s, Clerks the animated series to name a few. Having designed characters for multiple studios, owing his own company, Silvertoons, Inc.  and the Art school “Silver drawing academy”, Stephen has now taken his knowledge to train and conduct workshops and seminars worldwide for corporations, schools, animation and gaming studios teaching the participants mindset for creative development and character design in order to help spark creativity and innovation. He is the author of 10 published books on the Art of sketching, conquering artistic struggles, Character design, Caricature and Life Drawing. 


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Unlock the block, tapping into creativity 

Description: Creativity plays an essential role in innovation. Discovery, drive, exploration and determination are the core points of the lecture. Learn why incorporating a clear vision into what you wish to achieve becomes a vital ingredient to the growth as an individual and a company. Stephen shares his life long journey into animation, how he took ideas, discovery, drive, determination exploration and formulated them into existence. The lecture is set up to help create individual growth and awareness of why trying counts. Step outside the box, your comfort zone. Often times just using the left side of your brain can become, draining and repetitive. By learning about a new skill, a new hobby, a new industry leads to combinations for new ideas and personal growth. The attendee will have a chance to partake in an artistic exercise which will help spawn and boost a new scene of trying something, you didn’t think you could do and in return help create a new perspective. Stephen will discuss his personal strategies on finding purpose and tuning into creativity. This lecture will share methods and tips to unlocking creative blocks and will show you how to draw, when you never thought you could. 

Length: 60 minutes

Target Audience: entrepreneurs, students, managers, faculty, staff, business professionals

Learning Objectives: After attending this class, attendees will be able to: 

·      Recognize the importance of why creativity will lead to innovation

·      Acquire knowledge of taking ideas to the next level

·      Preparing a positive mindset to follow through on ideas

·      Identify new ways to break you out of creative ruts. 

·      Defining your ideas and implementing them on a daily basis

Tools for living a creative life 

Description: From college dropout, to artist to entrepreneur, Stephen walks you through the artistic mind giving you the tools for living a rewarding life. You don’t have to be an artist to understand the mindset. Believe in yourself, be productive, live a confident life accessing your hidden gift and purpose. This talk taps into the importance of breaking down parts of the journey ahead. From passion to acquiring patience. Rewards in life aren’t just given, they are created. This informative lecture will give the attendees a rejuvenated sensation of what it means to start ideas and see them all the way through their own journey which is unwritten and to be discovered. Let Stephen show you how.

Length: 60 minutes

Target Audience: entrepreneurs, students, managers, faculty, staff, business professionals

Learning Objectives: After attending this class, attendees will be able to: 

·      Create the right mindset for taking on unthinkable tasks

·      Discover what it means to follow up and through ideas

·      Understand the importance of discovering a passion

·      Develop new ways of approaching business marketing 

The Art of Self-Publishing

Description: The internet has opened up many avenues for growth, one of those avenues is Self- Publishing. Stephen is the author of 14 books from which he self-published, sold and distributed throughout the world. In this talk Stephen will discuss the mindset of what it takes to get your ideas from your head to book. Learn about the steps required to publish your own book, whether it’s a life-story, company literature, children’s book and more.

Length: 60 minutes

Target Audience: entrepreneurs, students, managers, faculty, staff, business professionals

Learning Objectives: After attending this class, attendees will be able to: 

·      Learn what subjects will be best for you

·      Understand the importance of research

·      Develop a structured plan of procedures to take

·      Determine if self-publishing is the right path for you 

 

 

TESTIMONIALS:

Overall a great experience, very engaging and inspiring. It’s always
interesting  to listen to how other artists approach a creative problem, and
their discoveries for creating solutions.
— Matt
Stephen’s presentation was stellar. I appreciated his positive and passionate delivery on both the art of drawing and the history of the craft. His reference material was inspiring to say the least, and his manner
for educating made everyone feel like a winner (or
that they could be... if they chose to do so).
— Chad
Friendly guy, great ‘bedside’ manner. Never condescending, always helpful
and encouraging.

His free flowing approach was interesting. He seemed to just jump right into
it, using a host of samples to start interjecting design points.
Thought the practical application of his points were really effective...i.e.
Give people a chance to practice instead of talking in theory. Then get a
chance to learn from what they created and how specifically to make it
better.
— Shane
I thought the workshop was GREAT.   The excitement you bring is contagious,
and inspiring.   Your knowledge on the subject is second to none.
— Todd

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